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[red-shangk] /ˈrɛdˌʃæŋk/
an Old World sandpiper, Tringa totanus, having red legs and feet.
Origin of redshank
First recorded in 1515-25; red1 + shank Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Professor Ansted includes the redshank in his list, but only marks it as occurring in Guernsey.

  • Now let us leave the beach and look for the redshank on the mud-flats.

    On the Seashore R. Cadwallader Smith
  • It had the soft quality, soft yet piercing, of a redshank's, but it shuddered like an owl's.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
  • His cousin, the redshank, a much larger bird, has already been described here in regard to his spring love-making.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • The redshank is a bird of frequent occurrence on all such parts of the coast as are suited to its habits.

  • No sooner does the redshank spy you than he is up and, with a shrill whistle of alarm, flies quickly away.

    On the Seashore R. Cadwallader Smith
  • A redshank rises up into the air, and there flies in a series of switchbacks.

  • It is far less common than the redshank, but seems to resemble it in many of its habits.

  • Kearton somewhere relates how he once induced a blackbird to sit on the eggs of a thrush, and a lapwing on those of a redshank.

    Birds in the Calendar Frederick G. Aflalo
  • I have, however, a redshank in full breeding plumage, killed in Guernsey as late as the 23rd of April.

British Dictionary definitions for redshank


either of two large common European sandpipers, Tringa totanus or T. erythropus (spotted redshank), having red legs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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